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Title: The architecture of assemblage in the rhetoric of the new construction : between the expanded meaning and the turning point of building
Author: Alonso, Pedro Ignacio
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2007
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Abstract:
This thesis is a critical reconsideration of the relationship between architecture and construction. It investigates the construction of the discourses on 'construc.tion' in modernist architecture. In particular, it analyses a series of arguments and strategies which were central in the modernist conceptualization of architecture as a work of 'assemblage'. To this end, it examines Sigfried Giedion's Bauen in Frankreich, Eisen, Eisenbeton (1928), and Konrad Wachsmann's Wendepunkt im Rauen (1959) in search for the consequences of the 'introduction' of construction as a theoretical question and its role to the conceptualization of design. By taking the category of construction as a way to criticize architecture from within, the thesis seeks to reveal the change and continuity of these arguments, which migrate in and out of architectural discourse and become themselves a theoretical constraint to the formation of technologies of 'assemblage' in a modernist sense. The thesis explores how a line ofmodernist thinking in Giedion's text developed into the writings ofKonrad Wachsmann. and argues that Wachsmann could be considered to be part of Giedion's historiographical projection of the future. In this sense it is being proposed that the arguments underlying these texts span between Giedion's proposition for a 'expanded meaning of construction' and Wachsmann's 'turning point of building'. These writings have been thought as both the symptom and the example of an avant- garde conviction sustained not only by new materials but also by the simultaneous concurrence of a number of theoretical components of different kinds and sources, which were becoming a unity in a narrative of assemblage. The thesis traces a trajectory for a common set of arguments as they move inside and outside official accounts of architectural theory, but at the same time it analyses them from the ' distinction between the 'logic' of assemblage and the 'rhetoric' components of the argument itself. What matters for the thesis is the manner in which such questions came to be organized within a singular discourse to be followed and transformed from Giedion to Wachsmann. We wonder to which extent all these propositions are coordinated and resolved by an all- encompassing technique of assemblage which, by having internalized architectural form, becomes a design strategy, a building technology and a discourse bearing the future of architecture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.491477  DOI: Not available
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